Biology (BIOL) 341
Human Genetics (Revision 14)
This course introduces you to the laws of heredity as they apply to humans and to the study of inherited traits. The course covers a number of other related topics, including sex determination, the composition and function of genes, the causes and effects of mutation, population genetics, the genetics of immunity and cancer, the contribution of heredity to behaviour and intelligence, genetic counselling, and genetic technologies.
- Unit 1: An Overview of Human Genetics
- Unit 2: Cells and the Individual
- Unit 3: Human Reproduction, Development, and Aging
- Unit 4: Chromosomes
- Unit 5: The Laws of Heredity
- Unit 6: Beyond Mendel’s Laws
- Unit 7: Matters of Sex
- Unit 8: Multifactorial and Behavioural Traits
- Unit 9: DNA Structure and Replication
- Unit 10: Gene Expression
- Unit 11: Mutation and Repair
- Unit 12: Population Genetics
- Unit 13: Human Ancestry and Evolution
- Unit 14: The Genetics of Immunity
- Unit 15: Cancer Genetics and Genomics
- Unit 16: Genetic Technologies and Applications
The mid-term and final examinations for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Lewis, Ricki. (2015). Human genetics: Concepts and applications (11th ed). New York: McGraw-Hill.
A print version of the eText can sometimes be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
The course materials include an online course information and study guide.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 14, May 16, 2016.
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Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services